When you first felt you were ill, you went to the doctor immediately. It was weeks of the same symptoms with no relief, but the doctor didn't suspect anything unusual.
There are many misconceptions about the medical field, but one that hurts doctors the most is that they are perfect. The reality is that doctors are human and do make errors. When doctors make mistakes, many times they don't affect their patients. When they make errors, it's possible that patients could be left with serious injuries or pass away.
Failing to contact a patient who needs ongoing treatment or who needs to begin treatment can be the first failure in a series that leads to the patient's illness progressing and potentially leading to death. Take, for example, cases like one involving a young woman who had heavy bleeding. An obstetrics and gynecology professional spoke with her and performed tests. She was given a blood transfusion and even had to receive an injection to slow and stop the bleeding. She was discharged.
Imagine taking someone you love to the hospital. She wasn't acting normal when you saw her, so you rushed her there. She had been acting like she didn't know who you were and was confused about where she was. You thought she must be ill.
Hospitals are supposed to be safe havens for the sick and tired. They're meant to be places where you get better when you're sick and bring new life into the world.
As a patient, all you want is for your medical provider to know you, your symptoms and what to do to help. One way medical technology has changed is by increasing the use of digital systems. These systems help catch medical errors and inform your provider.
You go to the hospital when you're in pain or when you're sick. You trust the people there to help you, not to make matters worse.
It should go without saying that people go to hospitals to get better. While most people survive their visits, not everyone does. Sometimes, even those who do leave with injuries that are permanent or painful.
Imagine going into the hospital for a minor medical procedure. It's an outpatient operation, but you end up staying overnight because of complication. That's fine, there was no way for the medical providers to know you had an allergy to one of the medications being used.
There are over 200,000 preventable deaths that happen yearly in the United States as a result of medical errors. Twenty times more people suffer from injuries that they don't die from, making medical errors a serious cause for concern.